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Whoever Shuts his Ears to the Poor will Cry and not be Heard

Commentators debate whether Jesus' story about the rich man and Lazarus is a parable or an actual event that crossed the border between this physical world and the invisible next (Luke 16:19-31). Regardless, the antagonist of the story is a notable example of a wealthy man who treasured up his riches and ignored the plight of the poor all around him. Dives (pr. die-veez) is the Latin word for wealthy and has become attached through the centuries to the miser of the story, clothed in purple and faring sumptuously each day while this second Lazarus, full of sores, begged for scraps at his gate. Eventually, both men died, but their circumstances suddenly were exchanged. The rich man's wealth did not follow him into eternity, for none of it was shared and thus converted into heavenly treasure (Matthew 6:19-21, 1 Peter 1:4). As he passed through death and into eternity, he...
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Finding a Balance

The author of Hebrews gives a stern rebuke to the Hebrew Christians accusing them of being ‘sluggish’ in regards to their Bible study (cf. Hebrews 5:11, 6:12). Like the Corinthians, the Hebrews had plenty of time to have learned enough of the Word of God to be teachers rather than needing someone else to teach them the same elementary principles of the doctrine of Christ over and over (cf. 1 Corinthians 3:1-3; Hebrews 5:12). Apparently, the Hebrew Christians were these ‘loving’ brethren who saw to it that those among them with needs were cared for. The Lord acknowledges this good quality in them, yet at the same time He admonishes them to “show the same diligence unto the fullness of hope” as they were doing in their service to the needs of others (Hebrews 6:10-12). We often see the same problem in the Lord’s church today. Many ‘loving’ brethren care...
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Isaiah the Prophet of God

Not much is known about Isaiah the man. He is said to be the son of Amoz and likely grew up during the days of Uzziah. Isaiah was called to the office of prophet at the end of Uzziah's reign (710 BC) and extended his work throughout the reign of Hezekiah (see Isaiah 6:1 {653 BC}). His time as a prophet covered a span of approximately fifty seven years. Amos and Hosea prophesied in Israel while Isaiah and Micah prophesied to Judah. Israel and Judah had experienced prosperity unlike any other time save the days of Solomon. Though God had richly blessed them they did not return his loving care. They were in need of instruction and reproof. Isaiah voluntarily took this job. Isaiah, like Daniel, received a heavenly vision of the throne of God in the year that king Uzziah died (710 BC) (Isaiah chapter 6). The Lord asks,...
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A Snowflake

Usually I have no problem deciding what to write. This week is different. I have wrestled with this and what I originally planned is not what I want to say. Bear with me, as I ramble a bit. I want to write about how others influence our lives and actions. You and I alone should decide what we want and how we want to live our lives. We look at others and feel we must imitate. We don't want to be too different. Why not? We should all be Mavericks. What is a Maverick? If you are a cowboy you know the origin of the word. "An unbranded range calf, a motherless calf." The word came to mean, an independent minded person. One who does not go along with the group, but thinks for himself and pursues his own course of thoughts and action." Want to see my computer files?...
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"Mindful of the Rock"

Our Bibles speak of God as a "rock" (see Psalm 18:31 and Isaiah 44:8). King David's use of this word in the Psalms helps us understand its meaning. David made a memorable statement at chapter 18 saying, "1 1 love you, O LORD, my strength. 2 The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold" (Psalm 18:1-2). David truly believed that God was his only real source of help in this life. If the king suffered at the hands of enemies or sickness he knew that God would preserve him. God was the solid one that was always available to comfort and protect the king. David knew that God was always with him as that immovable strong rock. No matter what was happening in the king's life there was...
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